Q. What is the reasoning behind why FERS retirees don’t receive a COLA increase until age 62 and CSRS retirees receive it proportionately in the year after they retire?
Q. I have a total of 18 years of active duty and reserve time, and I will be retiring in two years once I complete my 20 years of service. I am currently a civil employee. Do I buy back my military time toward FERS civilian service or do I hold up and completely retire from the military and then buy back the civil service time?
Q. I am receiving 90 percent Department of Veterans Affairs disability pay, plus retired reserve pay, and retiring from FERS after 10 years of civilian service and paying in for a military deposit covering 14 years of active duty (to get credited with a total of 24 years for my civil service retirement pay calculation). Will they deduct anything from either my VA disability payment or my retired reserve pay, because I am buying back the 14 years of active duty?
Q. I am a FERS retiree and I just went back to work as a contractor. They are telling me that I have to purchase their insurance because BCBS is not an employer health care program. I told them I’m retired and have BCBS for life and pay premiums. If I have to pay for their company insurance, I will be paying over $600 a month in premiums. Is there anything I can do about this?
Q. I will be 60 years of age in December 2018 with 17 years of service with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. I have signed a Declination of Unreasonable Offer since the position will be outside commuting area, so I will be involuntarily separated. Do I qualify for severance pay and, if so, can I postpone FERS retirement for two years to receive FEHB? Are both events possible?
Q. My husband is deceased and left me with a survivor annuity. He was a Civil Service Retirement System employee with 42-plus years. I retired at 52 with my own FERS service. When I turned 62 they discontinued my FERS Annuity Supplement. I am planning on starting my Social Security soon. Will I continue to receive his CSRS survivor annuity and my own FERS annuity along with my Social Security? I was told by a friend that I could not have all three. Is this true?
Q. I was active duty from 1984 to 1992, then employed by the Department of Justice in 1993 until 2016. (I bought back my military active service and had it applied toward my Office of Personnel Management retirement.) In 2001 I joined the National Guard. Currently, my commander wants to place me on Active Guard Reserve orders. Is this authorized? I called OPM and they said yes, but the National Guard needs proof. Can you direct me to the policy?
Q. I am a FERS disability retiree who will have my annuity recalculated in September 2019 when I turn 62. What is the formula I have to use to calculate my regular retirement? Do I add the years I been an annuitant (14 years 10 months) plus the years (25 years 9 months) that I had when I retire? What about the sick leave that I read about that can be added to my retirement? Is this something newly added since 2004 when I retired on disability, which would give me a total of 40 years 7 months combined with…
Q. I was told that because I am not collecting Social Security, I would not lose the special retirement supplement. I am over the age of 57 years old and collecting the supplement. Is it true that if I make over $17,040, I will lose the SRS?